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Montreal winter car towings jump by 50 per cent in 2014-2015

02/20/2015 05:28 EST | Updated 04/22/2015 05:59 EDT
More than 27,000 vehicles have been towed for snow removal in Montreal since mid-November, compared with some 18,000 at the same time last year.

Overall, there was a 50 per cent increase over last year, according to figures compiled by Radio-Canada.

Like almost every year, the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough has had the most tows, with more than 4,000 since mid-November, but it’s also the city’s most populous borough.

The Plateau-Mont-Royal borough is second with 3,700 tows, twice the number at the same time last year.

Weather may be to blame

The borough says the difference can be explained by a series of factors, including last month’s ice storm.

According to one towing company, some residents preferred to have their car towed than try to get themselves out of the ice. 

There has also been more snow.

By Feb. 15 of this year, Montreal had received 172 cm of snow, which is the total amount for all last winter, from Nov. 15, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

Signage also an issue

Jean-LucLefebvre, of the towing company Remorquage Cam 2000, said he heard some drivers complain snow removal signs weren't up when they parked their car.

“That’s the excuse we hear all the time, that the ‘signs weren’t up when I arrived,’ Lefebvre said.  

"But the orange signs are very clearly marked. Sometimes they’re right above the car we’re towing.”

Here's a breakdown of the boroughs with the most cars towed between Nov. 15 and Feb. 15.

- Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: 4,012

- Plateau-Mont-Royal: 3,782

- Ville-Marie: 3,423

Here's a breakdown for the same period last year:

- Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: 2,211

- Ville-Marie: 2,143

- Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie:1,916

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